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Hadassah women give thumbs up to Menendez

Meeting with Sen. Robert Menendez, center, are, from left, Edna Alberts, Sandy Wunder, Gloria Saltz, Geri Lipschitz, Leslie Felner, Hadassah Southern NJ president Michelle Krasner, Melissa Selikoff, Peppi Glass, Hadassah Northern NJ president Gail Black,
Meeting with Sen. Robert Menendez, center, are, from left, Edna Alberts, Sandy Wunder, Gloria Saltz, Geri Lipschitz, Leslie Felner, Hadassah Southern NJ president Michelle Krasner, Melissa Selikoff, Peppi Glass, Hadassah Northern NJ president Gail Black,

The embattled Sen. Robert  Menendez (D-N.J.), who will face trial in Newark later this month for accepting illegal gifts and campaign contributions, faced a supportive audience Aug. 30 when he met with members of the Northern and Southern New Jersey chapters of Hadassah.

“Our women love and support him,” said Hadassah of Northern NJ president Gail Black. “We are totally supportive of his positions on Israel and fighting anti-Semitism and the BDS movement.”

Although no members of the media were permitted at the meeting, Black told NJJN a few days later that during their 40-minute session in his office at Newark’s Gateway Center, Menendez spoke of gender equity in medicine and the fact that only 30 percent of clinical trials include women.

“Women’s issues and symptoms are different from men’s” for such illnesses as strikes and heart attacks, Black said. “We’re not just smaller men.”

She said neither side brought up his legal issues or criticized the Trump administration. But the senator did say he was worried about the president’s opposition to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of his pet legislative projects. It allows undocumented immigrants between the ages of 12 and 35 to attend college or enroll in the military without facing deportation. He also agreed with Hadassah that the United States needs much tougher gun control laws.

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